[lug] Developer abuse

Jeffrey Siegal jbs at quiotix.com
Tue Nov 16 13:36:28 MST 2004

John Mueller wrote:
> Now there is a big difference between the construction industry and the
> software development industry in that construction deals with the physical
> aspects of the world primarily (so there are physical limitations) and the
> software development industry deals with the virtual (which has less
> limitations than the physical world)......

That's basically it, as others have alluded.  Once you figure out how to 
build a building, that doesn't mean you don't want to build any more 
buildings.  You still need to undertake the substnatial task of moving 
the atoms around, even in the case of cookie-cutter constriction where 
every building is exactly the same.

In software, people rarely if ever constrict exactly the same system 
over and over again, and don't even generally construct systems that are 
very similar (since it makes more sense to just reuse the previous one).

So the nature of building construction and software construction are 
just totally different in practice.

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